“For too long, symbols associated with a character I co-created have been co-opted by forces of oppression and to intimidate black Americans. This character and symbol was never intended as a symbol of oppression. This is a symbol of a systematic failure of equal justice. It’s time to claim this symbol for the cause of equal justice and Black Lives Matter,” Conway wrote in a statement announcing a clothing line that incorporates The Punisher’s logo into Black Lives Matter merchandise. … [Read more...] about ‘The Punisher’ co-creator trying to take back the character’s skull logo, says it’s been ‘co-opted’ by police
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One honor Knight finds most meaningful is an NAACP History Maker Award for his police-brutality cartoons - included in such one-man slide-show presentations as "They Shoot Black People, Don't They?" - that use humor to spark dialogue about racism. In one "K Chronicles" strip about violent force, a White officer tells a Black character that he could avoid such "situations if you would just lighten up!!" The cartoonist says "Woke" takes a similar approach, combining the serious and the absurd. … [Read more...] about Keith Knight’s show ‘Woke’ feels right on time. But he’s been drawing about police brutality for decades.
Not to mention the tension we've seen between the sisters in the past few seasons -- Kim and Kourtney traded blows last season -- which could totally be manufactured for the show, but doesn't rule out the fact that constantly being around your family can wear down even the best of us. … [Read more...] about Paris Hilton reckons with her legacy — and so should we
Set seven years after the events of Season 4, Season 5 seems to be rushing to tie up the many loose ends. Mol’s Gillian is in an insane asylum (for God’s sake, someone put this poor woman, who has been through incest, prostitution, murder and heroin addition, out of her misery). Nucky’s nephew, Eli’s son Will (Ben Rosenfield), escaped prison for accidentally killing a fellow student and is now an ambitious assistant DA in Chicago, but we have no idea why. … [Read more...] about ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Left New Jersey and Lost Its Way
The showrunner here is Chris Mundy, whose credits include writing some episodes of another deeply dour, location-specific Netflix drama, “Bloodline,” which treated the Florida Keys with the same sense of permanent gloom and an atmosphere of distrust and anxiety. In hyping up the dark side of such places, both shows do a slight disservice in the name of verisimilitude, which can make a viewer long for the nuance and fullness that AMC’s “Breaking Bad” (and now “Better Call Saul”) demonstrated when portraying a place as unique and oddball as New Mexico, or how Cinemax’s short-lived “Quarry” intuitively presented Memphis. … [Read more...] about Netflix’s relentless “Ozark” gets drunk on an ice-chest full of redneck clichés